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In This Issue: Director’s Letter pg 2 Student Spotlight pg 3 CSA Week Recap pg 4

Opportunities October: It’s time to get involved!

What does it mean to be a commuter adult student? It means that you probably have a full or part time job, take care of a family and handle other responsibilities all while being dedicated to attending classes. But, all of the juggling of time and activities can create a rift between a commuter student and the university. So, why is it important for a busy student to get involved with campus organizations or activities? Jon Campbell, Coordinator of Leadership Programs, says, “We all have a need to continually grow and expand our world view. The leadership programs at Memphis provide opportunities for networking and creating connections that can help you get that ideal job or promotion one day.” The lunch with a leader series gets students connected with local leaders while discussing issues and eating lunch. The lectures cover topics that provide “real life perspectives and open-ended discussions” about leadership and professions. All University of Memphis students are invited to participate. The next series is November 8th with Stephen C. Reynolds, President of Baptist Memorial hospital. Box lunches will be provided on a first come first serve basis. If you are already active in a student

organization, the Tiger Leadership Summit will offer students the chance to network with other student leaders, learn methods for improving as a leader, and generate ideas for creating ideal Student Organizations at Memphis. The leadership summit is on November 17th and the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement is currently accepting applications. “Our office is here to provide a connection to students and the campus,” said Campbell. “We also offer information about internships, community service and volunteer opportunities and leadership scholarships.” Other offices on campus offer career development opportunities to students. Career Encounters is a job shadowing program offered by the Center for Counseling, Learning and Testing. Students can explore the future career they want while shadowing a local business leader. It offers unique insights and gives students the chance to ask successful leaders about their careers. Getting involved on with the university can help develop students for leadership the same way that classes prepare them for a career. Contact Jon Campbell for more information about student leadership Visit for info on Career Encounters

A Moment with the Director

Seizing Opportunities can Create Successful Careers Well, It seems like we just started the semester and now we are fast approaching fall semester break. This is an opportunity to take a short break and also write papers and complete other assignments that will be due upon your return. We hope that you can also take this time to start considering the opportunities U of M provides for leadership. Although good grades are essential for getting your diploma, future employers are also going to look at your skills that showcase your analytical and critical thinking, leadership and problem solving abilities. The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement has many opportunities for you to get involved!

Even if you’re a non-traditional, adult student you can join organizations and gain leadership skills that will stand out on a résumé. Our office sponsors both the Commuter Student Association and the Adult Student Association, and they are currently accepting applications for new members. October 1-5, 2012 was Commuter Student Appreciation Week. We hope that you were able to attend some of the events that we planned for you. This edition will include highlights from the Kickoff Commuter Luncheon, Arrive Alive driving simulator, Student Health Fair, Tiger Bingo and our Transportation and Safety Expo. Additionally we will be hosting a seminar about Domestic Violence this month and we hope that all students will be able to attend. Joy Rogers Stout, Director Adult and Commuter Student Services Have a fun and safe Fall break and Halloween! Phone: 901-678-2644 Go Tigers! E-mail:

ADULT AND COMMUTER STUDENT SERVICES MISSION The mission of the Adult & Commuter Student Services office is to provide a supportive environment for non-traditional and commuter students that promotes intellectual, social and academic growth and development through services and programs that foster lifelong learning.

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS Thrill The World 2012 - Thriller Flash mob Oct 27th @ Conger Park Hernado, MS 12:30 pm Join thousands of people across the world as we dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller! The event is free and benefits St. Jude Zoo

Children’s museum of memphis - Monster Bash Oct 31st 2-4 pm There will be lots of spooky crafts and experiments for all ages! Wear a costume and win prizes!



Boo at the Memphis Zoo

Oct 19 & 20th 6:30 - 9:30 pm Oct 26-28th 5:30 - 9:30 pm Purchase tickets at or call (901) 333-6572


Getting to know our adults and commuters Padraic Keane Fitzgerald is one of the new Graduate Assistants for the Adult and Commuter Student Services office, but you can call him Paddy.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in Binghamton, New York. I moved to Memphis at the age of 18 to attend college. I began at CBU and transferred over my junior year to the University of Memphis and it was the best decision I ever made! I chose the city of Memphis because my older sister/her husband/my twin nephews live here and I wanted to try something new. I graduated this August with a B.B.A. in management from the University of Memphis.

Favorite sports team? I’m a huge Tigers fan, obviously! I am also a huge New York Giants fan. I’ve adapted to Memphis and in turn have gradually turned myself Paddy posing with his tiger, Office Gato into a Grizzlies fan.

Hobbies/Travel Aspirations?

I love athletics. I enjoy playing golf and basketball as well as running. Exploring the outdoors, hiking and sightseeing are some of my I am a graduate assistant and the special events favorite activities. I love walking/playing with my Rottweiler, Ellie. I obvicoordinator. I will be organizing monthly training semi- ously love to travel since I moved to Memphis alone at the age of 18, but I nars throughout the school year that will cover topics really want to explore the western united states. I have been all over the such as stress East Coast, so I now want to venture into the west. I recently traveled to management and cyber bullying. I will also be in San Diego and Denver and had a fantastic time in those amazing cities. I charge of organizing and planning the off-campus hous- plan on traveling to Dublin over winter break to visit some friends that live ing fair that will be taking place in mid-March in the over there. It will be my first international experience outside of Canada. Rose Theatre.

How are you involved with ACSS ?

If you want to plan an event with our office, contact Paddy Fitzgerald 901-678-4298 or email

Starve a Vampire. Donate Blood. Lambda Chi Alpha Blood Drive October 30th & 31st 8 a.m.—5 p.m.

Seriously.   We’re ge ng  red of sparkly vampires. 

Inside the Rose Theater Lobby. All donations will go to

What would you like to see featured in the Adult & Commuter Connection? Contact the ghoul-in-charge, Amy Gregory, at



Commuter Student Appreciation Week We had events all week! There was the Appreciation Luncheon, Arrive Alive simulator, Health Fair, Transportation & Safety Expo, Coffee & Donut breakfast, and Tiger Bingo Night!



Homecoming 2012:

GO TIGERS GO! 2012 Football Schedule Date

Opponent / Event



09/01/12 vs. TennesseeMartin

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

L, 20-17

09/08/12 at Arkansas State

Jonesboro, Ark.

L, 33-28

09/15/12 vs. Middle Tennessee State

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

L, 48-30

09/22/12 at Duke

Durham, N.C.

L, 38-14

10/06/12 vs. Rice *

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

W, 14-10

10/13/12 at East Carolina *

Greenville, N.C.

4:30 p.m. ET

10/20/12 vs. UCF * Homecoming

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

7:00 p.m. CT

10/27/12 at SMU *

Dallas, Texas

2:00 p.m. CT

11/03/12 at Marshall *

Huntington, W.Va.

2:00 p.m. ET

11/10/12 vs. Tulane *

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

6:00 p.m. CT

11/17/12 at UAB *

Birmingham, Ala.

1:00 p.m. CT

11/24/12 vs. Southern Miss Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

100 Years Gray and Blue What Does Being a TIGER Mean to You? Wednesday October 17th

Air Bunker Ball: 11am-4pm [Alumni Mall] UnloCked: 6pm-10pm [University Center] Music, comedy, illusionist & trivia!

Thursday October 18th

Up 'Til Dawn Writing Party: 8am-8pm [UC Ballroom]

Friday October 19th

Spirit Competitions: 12:30-3pm [Memorial field]

Saturday October 20th

All Greek Step Show: 12pm-3pm [Rose Theatre] *ticket required*

3:30 p.m. CT

Pouncer Party (semi-formal attire): 8pm -11pm [Rose Theatre Lobby]

Homecoming Parade: 5pm

Tiger-Nation Tailgate: 5pm [Liberty Bowl] Join us for free food, games, and fun!

MEMPHIS TIGERS v. UCF: 7:00pm [Liberty Bowl]

Breast Cancer Awareness month Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Oct. 13, 2012 @ Laurelwood Shopping Center Komen-Memphis Midsouth Race for the Cure 5k Co-ed Run/Walk & 1 Mile Family Fun Walk October 27th @ The Shops of Saddle Creek Visit You can virtually swipe a paintbrush over a state to show support for those affected by breast cancer. As more people paint, states become "pinker" on the map. Or you can text the word "PAINT" and your state to 95495. Dressbarn will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society for each person who paints their state.

Tip: You can raise awareness by painting your pumpkins pink this year!



Wear your Halloween costume and rave the night away! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the West Clinic Cancer Treatment Center

The West Clinic Cancer Treatment Center was founded in 1988 and became one of the leading cancer centers in the Memphis Area. They are a world class center for excellence in oncology, hematology and radiology. Visit for more information

Follow ACSS on Twitter @uofmemphis_acss & “Like� us on Facebook for chances to win tickets to the Glow Rave!

Domestic Violence Seminar October 18th 9:40-11:05 am UC 340 With Guest Speaker Elizabeth Shelly From the YWCA

Can you find all the pumpkins in the issue? Come into the office and tell us how many pumpkins are in the newsletter & get some ACSS swag!!


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The Adult and Commuter Student Services office is located on The University of Memphis campus in the University Center RM 243. Our regular hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. If you need after hours help, please call us to make arrangements. We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions. We can be reached by phone at 901-678-2644 during our regular business hours or after hours leave us a message on voice mail. You may also reach us through e-mail at

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This issue talks about opportunities on campus for adult students, a recap of our Commuter Student Appreciation Week, and upcoming ACSS even...